Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Art

Visual Art

Turn your passion for art into a career today. With talent, skill, and credentials our visual arts program is a great opportunity for you.

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What is Visual Art?

Turn your passion for art into a career with Owensboro Community & Technical College's (OCTC) Visual Art program. The Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Visual Art is designed for students who plan to transfer to universities or institutes that offer the Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree. Start here and realize the low cost of tuition while developing your artist portfolio. Take advantage of the small class sizes, art exhibitions, an active art club, and art studios. Students refine their skill and knowledge in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, and more. Our students benefit from working directly with visiting artists and have exhibited their work regionally, nationally, and internationally. Through the Sister Cities and Regions programs, students have the opportunity to study abroad and visit some of the most celebrated museums and galleries in Europe.

With talent, skill, and credentials a career in art is a valid possibility for today's student. According to a recent survey by the Kentucky Labor Market, artists earn an average salary of $34,000 in our state.

What are my career choices?

What classes do I have to take?

Some of the courses you will take include Painting, Ceramics, 3-Dimensional Design, Drawing and Printmaking.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) Degree and Transfer

  • AFA in Visual Art

For course sequence, see the program card.

For graduation requirements, see the academic plan for AFA - Visual Art.

Additional Information

The Associate in Fine Arts Degree in Visual Art is a part of the career path for today's artist. OCTC is one of three colleges in the state of Kentucky that offers this degree. For transfer, five universities in Kentucky offer the Bachelor in Fine Arts degee (BFA): Western Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Northern Kentucky University, and Murray State University. Most art institutes in the United States grant the BFA as well. In the Midwest and South, some options for transfer are the Art Institute of Chicago, Memphis School of Art, Heron Institute of Art and Savannah School of Art to name a few.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Fine Arts degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Monty Helm
Associate in Fine Arts - Visual Art
270.686.4626
monty.helm@kctcs.edu